Tropical Chic – a CASE for FMS348

I’m loving the Tropical Escape suite of products, have you figured that one out yet?! Today’s cards are a CASE from Amy O’Neill’s FMS348 sketch card from several weeks ago. I loved her idea using the Tropical thinlits dies to create her unique card. I kept coming back to it again and again and finally decided to CASE it. It’ was literally a “thinking outside the box” card.I chose to use Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight for my cards. And, instead of just creating just one card, I created 4 using all the pieces I cut out! Here are my combinations (and thanks Amy for your great card inspiration!)

I had to add a pop of color (oh, you know me…lots of bright, bright colors – LOL) under the fronds. I die cut it with the largest Layering Squares scalloped framelit. On the Call Me Clover card, I changed the inlay to use Granny Apple Green so the green fronds stood out a little more. On 3 of the cards I used my new favorite, the Subtle textured embossing impressions folder.

Here’s what I used to make the cards.

What did you think of my luscious, bright tropical colors CASE cards? As you can tell, I’m still thinking beach, tropics and ocean breezes in this hot, hot Texas weather! Happy stamping this weekend! Maybe I’ll at least get to the pool up at my dad’s for a few minutes to cool off!

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Aren’t family visits wonderful?

My baby sister and her twin daughters (my nieces) stopped by to visit me Tuesday and Wednesday. They are driving back to college in Texas for the fall semester after spending the summer at home in Florida. It was fun to see how grownup they are now, heading to their last year in college. I can still remember when they were just babies and toddling around our house during their visits, and playing violin concerts for us when they were only 6. Here’s  their Christmas picture when they were 3.And this is when my parents visited them in Florida when they were 7.

We had fun shopping and going to the Houston Museum of Natural Science Butterfly Center today.

And this is the crazy picture my nieces took of my baby sister and myself. Not the best lighting on me, but a fun (or funny?) picture nevertheless.
My sister is flying back home today after getting her daughters safely to my house in Houston. Next stop, Georgetown to see their 91 year old grandfather, our dad, before heading to their dorms to start the fall semester on Friday.

Thanks for letting me share part of my family with you today. See you tomorrow for another card, with several variations, using the Tropical Escape suite of products.

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Garden impressions of the FMS349

During last month’s designer series paper sale, I bought several DSP sets the I was on the fence about adding to my abundant paper stash. But a bargain is a bargain, especially in crafting supplies, right fellow paper crafters?! Garden Impressions was one of them, but now that I’m looking at all the prints, they are so bright, happy and use all the colors I love to use in my cards. Who knew, not me apparently, until now. I used last week’s FMS349 sketch and pulled two of the papers to create today’s card. It’s not the simple, clean layout that the sketches suggest because I used the Night of Navy abstract paper as the background. But it does follow their sketch.

I used a So Saffron card base and layered the Night of Navy abstract directly onto it. I chose the So Saffron-blue flowers paper for the band and cut it so that I could add a vase with a flower floating above it. I used the Vases Builder punch to punch several different colored vases before ending up with the So Saffron. I stamped the vase outline from the Varied Vases stamp set in Memento black ink. The vase was popped up over the layer with the stems coming out so I could add the fussy cut flower from the DSP. The greeting is also from the Varied Vases stamp set. A simple, but dramatic card because of the abstract paper.

Here’s what I used to make this card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Which of my 3 FMS349 sketch cards (here, here and today’s) do you like the best?

Don’t forget these specials.

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Tropical escape for FMS349

Oh how I wanted to escape to a tropical destination this past weekend, but it just wasn’t in the “cards.” So instead, I spent the weekend making cards using last week’s FMS349 sketch. Yesterday’s card, see it here, was the one I posted for the challenge, but today’s card was my second choice. I’ve missed getting to the beach this year, so I thought I’d escape with the new Tropical Escape suite in the Stampin’ Up! annual catalog. I love, love this set with it’s fun tropical colors – it makes me think beach sand, ocean breezes and blue, blue waters…sigh.

As I said yesterday, Jennifer’s Timko’s simple card design based on the FMS349 sketch really inspired me to try simple. And you know I tend not to do simple designs.

My card today reminds me of summer breezes in a far off tropical paradise. I used Blushing Bride for the card base. I layered a piece of Whisper White dry embossed with the new Subtle TIEF over Granny Apple Green to frame it. It’s hard to see the texture in the picture, but I think it gives an ocean swept beach look! I stamped the greeting from the Varied Vases stamp set in Shaded Spruce directly onto the DSP, again going for simplicity and only a few layers. I added a few rhinestones for sparkle, just like crystal blue ocean waters. Hmmm…do you think I need some beach time soon, before our warm weathers are over and hurricane season rolls in?

Here’s what I used to make this card.

What do you think about today’s card? Are you a beach lover also? Being around water is relaxing for me. Thanks for stopping by today.

Don’t forget these great specials.

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